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Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress

Microbiota decussata 'Condrew'

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Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress (Microbiota decussata 'Condrew') at Minor's Garden Center

Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress foliage

Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress foliage

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Siberian Carpet Cypress, Russian Arborvitae

Brand:  Star

Description:

An interesting cold hardy evergreen with attractive bluish-green foliage that turns maroon in winter; a mounded dense habit well suited for rock gardens; performs very well in shade, also needs well-drained but moist soils and wind protection

Ornamental Features

Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress has bluish-green foliage. The scale-like leaves turn burgundy in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Drew's Blue™ Russian Cypress will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Sizes Available:

18" #5 Cont.

 
 
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